To Rome with Love Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 11, 2012
Allen's creative revival comes to a juddering halt with a foursome of would-be amusing vignettes that barely muster a laugh between them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 7, 2012
Once upon a time, calling a movie "lesser Woody Allen" might be considered a slap in the face. Now, it's more-or-less expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
July 6, 2012
Allen's story moves along quite wonderfully, primarily because of his nuanced casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
July 6, 2012
Most of the characters are archetypes, yet Allen treats them with genuine affection and avoids the bitterness that's marred much of his recent work.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 6, 2012
It's minor Woody, but it's still Woody.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 6, 2012
Not great, but not grating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 5, 2012
Well, it's not "Midnight in Paris," but it's not "Whatever Works," either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 5, 2012
Alas, it's a love letter written on the fly, with brushstroke characters working their way through a cluster of sketchy, disconnected plotlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 5, 2012
A charming but terribly self-indulgent trifle that's less than the sum of its many parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 5, 2012
Fans of Allen's magnificent earlier work can only look at this effort and feel their own brand of Ozymandias melancholia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 5, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2012
In the end, Woody Allen and Rome go together like corned beef and gelato.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 5, 2012
A film that sometimes comes off as an intersection of tangents, but it also gives rise to moments of joyous whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 5, 2012
The best thing that can said about the picture is that it's a pleasant time-waster that also doubles as a travelogue for anyone interested in visiting Italy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 3, 2012
To Rome with Love desperately needs a script polish, as well as an entire third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 29, 2012
Allen seems to be aiming for the precise intersection of art and commerce where sophistication is implied, but nothing that takes place is ever obscure or challenging or revelatory.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 29, 2012
It's all rather sweet but instantly evanescent.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 29, 2012
Somewhere in here is a real movie, but it's hard to find in all the mess (which, despite everything, is actually funny from time to time).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 28, 2012
It's often inept, moment to moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2012
Allen probably makes too many movies. This one's OK. He'll make more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2012
[It] generates no particular excitement or surprise, but it provides the sort of pleasure [Allen] seems able to generate almost on demand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
June 27, 2012
If you're expecting another "Midnight in Paris" -- and you may well in the first moments of the new film -- you will be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 26, 2012
Woody Allen's new movie, To Rome with Love, is light and fast, with some of the sharpest dialogue and acting that he's put on the screen in years. The picture gently but surely moves back and forth between romantic comedy and satirical farce.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 24, 2012
At times this multiple-plot meander through the glorious labyrinth of the Eternal City can feel aimless, even lazy. But in the film's best moments, that willingness to wander works to its advantage.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 22, 2012
Not as creative as "Midnight in Paris," but it's a funny, quirky, frothy diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 22, 2012
Even loyal fans have to admit this isn't so much a movie as four little one-page New Yorker stories, strung together with "Volare" and one-too-many shots of the Trevi fountain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 22, 2012
The comedy is passable, and the ways the stories play off each other provides enough to think about to be engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2012
An affectionate but meandering comedy that contemplates romance, fame, legacy and longing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 21, 2012
It's often frivolous and banal, though never tedious. It does offer moments of buoyant humor, farcical fun and consistently gorgeous cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 21, 2012
What's on screen is a collection of clichés intermingled with outlandish farce or surreal fantasy.
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June 21, 2012
To Rome with Love feels thin and lazy, another collection of familiar ensemble skits carelessly strung together in a cross-generational contemplation of the Big Issues that have plagued Allen's life and fed his art.
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June 21, 2012
To Rome with Love is just froth - a romantic sampler with some decent jokes and gorgeous Roman backdrops.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 21, 2012
To Rome With Love lacks the overarching theme of time and regret that distinguished Allen's last romantic comedy, but it has pleasures galore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 21, 2012
The results don't rank with his greatest triumphs, but there are enough laughs and watchable performances to make it all go down easy.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 21, 2012
It's lazy, frivolous filmmaking -- To Rome With Love has about as much intent as a vacation -- but in spurts, gives real pleasure.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 21, 2012
You never feel like you're anywhere except a mediocre New Yorker casual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 21, 2012
One of the most delightful things about "To Rome With Love" is how casually it blends the plausible and the surreal, and how unabashedly it revels in pure silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
June 21, 2012
Palatable overall, if vaguely inauthentic and unsatisfying, like an allegedly local meal bought at a tourist restaurant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 20, 2012
Woody Allen has become such a beguiling travel agent that he rolls through these stories with a relaxed effervescence that is rather infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 19, 2012
...a refreshing summer entertainment, not too sweet but not terribly bitter, and very picturesque besides.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 19, 2012
It's time to pack up the Vuitton and come home, Woody. Your inspiration is thin, you're running out of euros, and you're having a bad day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
June 19, 2012
This Rome is luminous, and Allen, as in Manhattan, is great at imbuing his film with a strong sense of location.
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 19, 2012
It's not Nero who's fiddling, but Allen, bopping and dithering around the city like a tourist so desperate to cram in all the sights that he comes away only with a few crisp highlights and a lot of out-of-focus snapshots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 18, 2012
I was blissed out during much of To Rome With Love, but I have to acknowledge its creepy side.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
June 15, 2012
This pleasantly diverting, none-too-strenuous arthouse excursion feels like a throwback to Allen's short-story anthologies, with the added pleasure of seeing a game cast play along.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 15, 2012
Allen the writer-director has gone tone-deaf this time around, somehow not realizing that the nonstop prattling of the less than scintillating characters almost never rings true.